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Jerry WarrenThe Incredible Petrified World (1957)

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It's supposed to be cutting edge science: a diving bell that can descend the depths of the ocean. However, when a cable snaps, the crew fears that they may perish inside. After the crew leaves the bell to explore, they soon find a large network of caves and a survivor who has been there for over a decade. The survivor reveals the horrible truth: there is no way to get out of the caves. Or is there a way?

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This movie is part of the collection: Sci-Fi / Horror

Director: Jerry Warren
Producer: Jerry Warren
Production Company: G.B.M. Productions
Audio/Visual: mono, black and white
Language: English
Keywords: underwater; cavern; 1950s

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Average Rating: 1.89 out of 5 stars1.89 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: rclo - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - November 28, 2012
Subject: Knowedgeable Narration Speared by Juvenile Plot
The opening narration actually is pretty good (and factual). That's the only reason for two stars. The plot goes downhill faster than the diving bell. After that, the facts are few and far between. The fantasies abound: the lost bell is at 23N, 75W, "miles below the surface." However, the actual water depth at the Lat-Long, which is off of the Bahamas, is less than 100'. (Yes, I really checked it.) There is no escape hatch on the diving bell, but everyone goes in and out at will without a single drop of water getting in and without a single bubble of air escaping. The bell occupants withstand the pressure "miles below the surface" with scuba gear. Why did they bring full scuba gear, anyway? If they could swim from the bell, why not swim all the way up to the surface, nitrogen narcosis notwithstanding? I could go on...

And why do the guys keep taking off their shirts and putting them back on? They have no bath facilities. Oh, yes, then there's the lizard - a big one. What's it eat? Lots of insects in the dead caves?

Finally, the first bell didn't fail: the cable did. Why all of the tedious re-design, re-engineering and re-manufacturing just to keep a cable intact? And why wasn't the first cable system load-tested in the first place?

I guess I know why this one wasn't shown in my neighborhood.

Reviewer: phantomofkrankor - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - April 26, 2012
Subject: I agree and yet,,,
...this one is a fond childhood memory, I think it's the first sci-fi film I stayed up way too late to watch. Also the first one I realized was bogus.

Back then I didn't appreciate Phyllis Coates and Sheila Noonan however. Noonan went on to a few Corman films as Sheila Carrol in The Beast From Haunted Cave, Ski Troop Attack, a walk-on in Bucket of Blood, and...not much else really.

It says a lot that Jerry Warren had two fine leading ladies plus Robert Clark and John Carradine and still managed to bring it down to this level.

Reviewer: tbragg - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - April 24, 2012
Subject: Snore...
Pretty petrified, all right. Carradine is usually likable in anything, but here he really has nothing to do.

I'm amused that the poor bearded guy is utterly harmless and polite until the scriptwriter decides to kill him off, and then he gets pushy and murderous with one of the women.

Reviewer: Ann Smithy - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - May 21, 2010
Subject: I don't know about this one.
This film requires an incredible amount of pretending to trick yourself into believing your in the adventure rather than feeling like it. However, there is good film clips to look at. It's rather boring somewhat a drag but a wanta be scuba diver could appreciate it!

Reviewer: accalaurie49 - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - May 18, 2010
Subject: Reviews
After reading the previous reviews I expected stiff acting, a boring and predictable script full of minor or major flaws. And that was exactly what I got. So I wasn´t disappointed, sometimes slightly amused, at least about the . . . let´s call him "missing link" with his so obviously false beard and hair. The great John Carradine looks not like a scientist but like somebody posing as one. This is at least the second film in which he has something to do with a diving bell. The first one is "Mr. Moto´s last warning", also available in IA. There he himself gets into the bell. Look for yourself. It´s a much more amusing film than this here.

Reviewer: Aitchondo - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - January 23, 2009
Subject: Opps... I watch a movie!
Sadly to say, not a very good one. As soon as I realized that the opening scenes, supposed to be in the ocean, were indeed in the ocean, and in an aquarium and even from the Amazon river, I got me a strong beer (Irish) and gritting my teeth proceeded to suffer through this...
No nice words for it. Only reason I give it more than one star is because of John Carradine, who I like, even when he is bad.

Reviewer: jimelena - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - January 22, 2008
Subject: A Waste of John Carradine
In the first few minutes a shark tears up an octopus, pretty cool.
That's when the narrator tells us the ocean is a jungle. All the dialog stinks like that.

Reviewer: dboxer_98 - 1.00 out of 5 stars - May 14, 2007
Subject: incredible shriking what?
one of the worst movies I have ever seen, however better than the garbage they make today.
no plot, horrible acting. A good waste of time/

Reviewer: robcat2075 - 1.00 out of 5 stars - November 20, 2006
Subject: Don't bother
There's one marginally chilling moment in the whole movie. Aside from that it's a handbook of static directing and wooden acting.

Credits

Jerry Warren Presents

The Incredible Petrified World

Starring John Carradine
Robert Clarke
Phyllis Coates
Allen Windsor
Sheila Noonan
George Skaff

with
Maurice Bernard
Joe Maierhauser
Lloyd Nelson
Harry Raven
Milt Collion
Robert Carroll
Lowell Hopins
Jack Haffner

Director of Photography: Victor Fisher
Film Editors: James R. Sweeney, A.C.E. and Harold V. McKenzie
Art Director: Marvin Harbert
Dialogue Director: Bri Murphy
Underwater Photography: Mel Fisher
Wardrobe by Kelpsuit
Set Supervisor: Ray Guth
Cavern sequences filmed at Colossal Cave, Tucson, Arizona
All characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Original Screenplay
John W. Steiner
(c) Copyright MCMLVII by G.B.M. Productions
All Rights Reserved

Musical Director
Josef Zimanich

Production Supervisor
G.B. Murphy
Unit Manager
Lloyd Nelson

Produced and Directed by
Jerry Warren